Monday, June 06, 2005

Early to school late to rise, makes a people stupid, poor and easy manipulated

Okay so it doesn't rhyme, I'm an engineer, darn it, not a poet.

But it does look as though there are serious biological problems with how schools are run.

As any parent can attest, it can sometimes seem impossible to rouse a teenager from sleep in order to get to school on time. But a new study says the problem may not be laziness, but school hours that run counter to the natural sleep patterns of teenagers.

The sample is fairly small and doesn't give any indication on how random the sample is, but it is clear that being sleep deprived is very bad. Studies have shown that being awake for 24 hours straight is as bad as being legally drunk.

I was in the ICU for a week after our accident, and with the nurses coming in every hour checking stats, at the end it was bad enough to cause me to hallucinate. But a few days real sleep in a regular ward solved that problem.


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